White: Jonathan Parker
Black: Andrew Martin
British Championship, Hove 1997
1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.d5 Nd4 6.Be3 c5 7.Nge2 Qb6
When I last looked into the theory of this line, it was deemed bad for Black because of what now happens:
8.Nxd4 cxd4 9.Na4 Qa5+ 10.Bd2
Only a total scoundrel would take the draw that can be forced by 10.b4 Qxb4+ 11.Bd2 Qa3 12.Bc1 Qb4+ etc.
10 ...Qc7 11.c5
With a clear advantage to White, according to theory, since 11...dxc5 12.Bb5+ or 11...Nf6 12.f3 dxc5 13.Rc1 are bad for Black. As we shall see, things are not so clear.
11...Nf6 12.f3 0-0 13.Rc1 e6! 14.Bb4
White takes up the challenge. A more placid opponent might have settled for dxe6 followed by cxd6.
14...exd5 15.cxd6 Qd8 16.e5 Re8 17.f4 Ne4 18.Qxd4
Relying on his central pawn wedge, White prepares to sacrifice the exchange.
18...Qh4+ 19.g3 Nxg3 20.hxg3 Qxh1 21.Kf2 h5!
Applying the traditional formula of undermining a pawn chain at its base.
22.Rc3 h4! 23.Bg2 Qh2 24.gxh4 Qxh4+ 25.Ke3 (See diagram)
Noticing that 25.Rg3 would have fallen foul of 25...Bxe5! White gives his queen some protection. It does not help.
25...Rxe5+!! 26.fxe5 Bh6+ 27.Kd3 Bf5+ 28.Be4
Even this sacrificial gesture only postpones the inevitable.
28...Bxe4+ 29.Ke2 Bf3+! 30.Kd3 Be2+ White resigned.Reuse content